New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

October 16, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Baddest apple

October 15, 2019
Santiago, Nisa, author.
[Canada] : Melodrama Publishing, 2019.
300 pages ; 22 cm
Apple is still unable to settle down and focus on being a mom, especially when she hears about Queenie a hardcore former drug mule. Apple can't resist trying to reclaim the title of Queen of New York.

The other side

October 11, 2019
Hickman, Trice, author.
viii, 264 pages ; 21 cm
"After one too many failed relationships, businesswoman Bernadette Gibson is resigned to singlehood. Yet on the heels of her 50th birthday she meets Cooper "Coop" Dennis, a charismatic nightclub owner who literally sweeps her off her feet. But just as they're ready to make the ultimate commitment, a secret from Coop's past threatens to end their relationship... As her fortieth birthday approaches, bestselling novelist Testimony "Tess" Sinclair is hurting--especially since her ex-boyfriend got married. For a change of scenery he travels to the sleepy southern town of Bourbon, NC, to visit her cousin, Bernadette--and finds unexpected love. Yet as wedding bells promise to ring, Tess wrestles with a secret that could end their happily ever after before it begins... Up-and-coming makeup artist and single mom Arizona May is thrilled to be just a few months away from marrying the love of her life. Until then, she and her finacé are committed to celibacy. But on the eve of Arizona's thirtieth birthday, they surrender to passion--and she discovers something about her Prince Charming that leads her to rethink their plans... As Bernadette, Tess, and Arizona strive to find happiness, they develop a bond that strengthens and surprises them--and carries them through their struggles, to the other side."--Back cover.

The secret lives of Baltimore girls

October 11, 2019
Katt, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2019]
236 pages ; 21 cm
Charlie Dixon gave up on love-- until Damon Williams literally crashed into her life. After a devastating divorce from her childhood love Emerson Dayle swears off the days of sacrificing herself for the sake of a man, but a secret from her past threatens everything she has worked for. Mikayla King's children, Kai and Zuri, keep her grounded as she suffers mental and physical abuse at the hands of her husband, professional sportscaster Charles King. Three women with secrets from their pasts... and demons to face in the present.

Swirl secrets

October 11, 2019
Honey, 1968- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2019]
280 pages ; 21 cm
She was chasing a sexual fantasy, and he was just plain curious. Her dream to explore the land of chocolate matched his longtime need to know if there was truly magic in the snow. Future attorney Tyson Maxwell Junior's secret life as a private 'entertainer' thrusts him into Mallorie Whitaker's path when he's hired to perform at her friend’s bachelorette party. It's lust at first sight for the wealthy Mallorie, but Tyson sees her as a sexual experiment that could possibly be the answer to his million-dollar question. Although Mallorie is engaged to be married soon, she and Tyson indulge in a hush-hush sexuation that forces them to face social stereotypes, the racial divide, and prejudices of the past and present.

Eraserheads 2 : the decision

October 10, 2019
Brick (Novelist), author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2019]
284 pages ; 21 cm
"There were two things of which Auto, leader of the elusive Eraserheads, was certain: Code, his partner and best friend, had betrayed him, and Caltrone Orlando, the biggest crime lord in North America, had marked him and his team for death. Crossing Caltrone Orlando had come with a steep price. Auto suffered fatal losses to his team and business. Smiley hadn't signed up for any of the madness that came along with being an Eraserhead, yet she found herself drawn to their leader in ways she hadn't expected. The connection to the very man who has Auto in his crosshairs could ultimately lead to her downfall as well. Boots had only one agenda when he came to Atlanta: get inside of Caltrone's operation so he could find a way to bring the criminal mastermind down from the inside out. Of course, even the best laid plans can go awry, and when they do, Auto, Boots, and Smiley find themselves in the fight of their lives.--Page 4 of cover.

Full figured 14

October 10, 2019
Hunt, La Jill.
298 pages ; 21 cm
"Carl Weber presents."
No strings attached / by La Jill Hunt -- Illusions of love / by Latoya Chandler.
When they were children, people couldn't tell identical twins Brooke and Brittany apart. Now that they're grown, the beautiful, plus-sized divas still look alike, but they are very different. Brooke is a free spirit who lives life on her own terms and does things her way. Brittany, on the other hand, is cautious and plays by the rules. Despite their differences, the sisters are each other's yin and yang--until a frivolous one-night stand with a stranger turns their lives inside out and jeopardizes their sisterhood forever. Eboneé's checklist for the happiest day of her life: man of her dreams, check; wedding of her dreams, check; abduction...not a part of the itinerary! Love, like life, can change in the blink of an eye, and for this beautiful, successful businesswoman, both are about to change from better to worse

The Wright kind of love : Tobey and Niecey

October 10, 2019
Woods, Genesis, author.
283 pages ; 21 cm
Tobias Wright has always gotten everything he's wanted, and a chance meeting at one of the lounge bars that he owns was all it took for him to fall head over heels in love with Niecey. Two years later they're ready to become man and wife when her ex-boyfriend, Will, pops back into the picture. The only man who could possibly cause ShaNiece Taylor to ever doubt her love for Toby is William 'Big Will' Davis; their childhood romance and on again, off again relationship was a normal routine-- until Will fathered a child with her twin sister, LaNiece. -- adapted from back cover.

Tempted at midnight

October 9, 2019
Hodges, Cheris F., author.
377 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt from Strategic Seduction [pages 365-377].
"For hopeless romantic Sylvie Gates, there's nothing quite as magical as a New Year's Eve kiss. So as the clock nears midnight at her best friend's party, Sylvie makes a beeline for the sexiest guy in the room. A happily-ever-after would be nice of course, but Sylvie's trying to live in the moment. Plus, she's about to begin the biggest project of her interior design career, so she better just enjoy her last night of freedom... Newly appointed CEO of troubled Jordan Industries, Erik Jordan expects New Year's Eve is the last night off he'll have all year--and the billionaire plans to make the most of it. Locking lips with gorgeous Sylvie is just the beginning of an unforgettably steamy night together. But the fact that she steals his signature move and slips away in the morning is only the first surprise. The second is running into her again--at her job remodeling his company. Is it coincidence--or the power of a perfectly-timed kiss? With the electricity still crackling between them, and some major challenges ahead of them, they'll find out before the year is through..."--Page 4 of cover

Who put this song on?

October 7, 2019
Parker, Morgan, author.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Morgan can't count the number of times she's been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her "weird" outfits, and been told she's not "really" black. She's spent most of her summer crying in bed; it feels like the whole world is listening to the same terrible track on repeat, and Morgan sees life as a never-ending hamster wheel of agony. She knows why she's in therapy. When Morgan makes friends with fellow outcasts, blasts music like there's no tomorrow, and discovers what being black means to her, she finally puts her mental health first. After all, darkness doesn't have to be a bad thing. -- adapted from jacket and info


October 2, 2019
Morris, Brittney, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
321 pages ; 22 cm
An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide.

Shyt list VI : the original bitch of revenge returns

October 1, 2019
Reign, author.
Owings, MD : Cartel Publications, [2019]
262 pages ; 22 cm

The stars and the blackness between them

September 30, 2019
Petrus, Junauda, author.
308 pages ; 22 cm
Told in two voices, sixteen-year-old Audre and Mabel, both young women of color from different backgrounds, fall in love and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness.

Right beside you

September 26, 2019
Monroe, Mary, author.
227 pages ; 19 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Felicia Hawkins has a successful career, money in the bank, a solid future... and is hopelessly in love with her co-worker, widower Richard Grimes. Richard has his hands full juggling pre-Christmas work demands and raising two teen daughters. He is drawn to Felicia's calm spirit and determination, and everything they have in common. With messy, well-meaning matchmaking from family and friends, and a long-distance transfer Richard can't refuse, it will take all their courage and compassion to risk opening their hearts to each other. -- adapted from jacket

Red at the bone

September 23, 2019
Woodson, Jacqueline, author.
196 pages ; 22 cm
"Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony -- a celebration that ultimately never took place"--Adapted from jacket.

The sound of the hours

September 23, 2019
Campbell, Karen, 1967- author.
London : Bloomsbury Circus, 2019.
450 pages : maps ; 23 cm
"Trapped in Tuscany as war rages along the Gothic Line, Vittoria Guidi doesn't understand where her allegiances should lie. With her Scots-Italian father or Fascist mother? With Mussolini, or her King? With the life she wants, or is told to live? As Germans occupy the mountains surrounding Barga and American Buffalo soldiers draw near, loyalties are tested and families torn apart. Frank Chapel, a young, black soldier fighting for a country that refuses him the vote, is unlike anyone Vita has ever met before. In the chaos, they find each other - but can their growing love defy prejudice and war?"--Publisher.

Heaven, my home

September 20, 2019
Locke, Attica, author.
294 pages ; 24 cm.
"9-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; now he's alone in the darkness of vast Caddo Lake, in a boat whose motor just died. A sudden noise distracts him - and all goes dark. Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; after the events of his previous investigation, his marriage is in a precarious state of re-building, and his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little maternal blackmail to press her advantage. An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town where the local economy thrives on nostalgia for ante-bellum Texas - and some of the era's racial attitudes still thrive as well. Levi's disappearance has links to Darren's last case, and to a wealthy businesswoman, the boy's grandmother, who seems more concerned about the fate of her business than that of her grandson. Darren has to battle centuries-old suspicions and prejudices, as well as threats that have been reignited in the current political climate, as he races to find the boy, and to save himself."--Provided by publisher.

In love with my enemy

September 16, 2019
A'zayler., author.
315 pages ; 21 cm
Atlanta. Hood princess Danna Mendoza has a dream life; her temporary bodyguard-turned-undercover lover Don makes it complete. As her father's best friend and longtime drug partner, Don is devoted to keeping her safe, but his underlying vendetta against her father is one danger Danna never saw coming. As the newfound love interest of Ezra Mendoza, basketball superstar on the rise, Cannon Collier has finally found her way in the world. But he doesn't plan on her becoming a casualty of his father's game. When all hell breaks loose loyalties will be torn, and the tension between love, desire, and a thirst for revenge will converge at a fateful crossroads. -- from back cover

Private property

September 16, 2019
Hunt, La Jill, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2019]
252 pages ; 21 cm
"Welcome to The Manors of Harrington Point; enter at your own risk. These mansions are home to the elite, the famous, the successful, and the eccentric. From the millionaire mega pastor and his wife to the former child star turned porn star, this neighborhood is filled with old money, new money, and everything and everyone in between."--Back cover.

See me

September 16, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, 1973- author.
182 pages ; 23 cm
"Olivia Moy, widow of a beloved author, struggles to cope with the untimely death of her husband. Seeking solace with her only child, she soon befriends a neighbor and begins to reveal closely-held marital secrets. Can she find healing without destroying her late husband's legacy?"--Page 4 of cover.

See me, too

September 16, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, 1973- author.
155 pages ; 23 cm
"In this sequel to the controversially explosive novel, See me, we revisit the Moy family and learn that the legacy of dysfunction left behind by the brilliant Dr. David Moy is more entrenching than one could ever imagine. Olivia has moved on with Bennett Paul but finds that letting go of the past is not at all easy. A newly married Jason Moy finds himself battling demons of his own. Avery Moy is tangled in emotions he can't seem to control. New characters are also introduced and new secrets are revealed in See me, too"--Page 4 of cover.


September 12, 2019
K'wan, author.
394 pages ; 21 cm
From the neighborhood bullies to the stepfather who uses him and his siblings as punching bags, Jonas "Wrath" Rafferty's life has been one battle after another. Rogue homicide detective Louis "Lou" Ceavers offers him a bargain that will change the course of his life, and Jonas goes from errand boy and street muscle to one of the most dangerous young men in the city. Then Alex, his childhood crush, comes home on break from college and gives him a glimpse of the one thing he's always craved more than money and power: love. When Alex becomes pregnant, Wrath wants to be there for her and his unborn child. Seeking to end his arrangement with the detective, Wrath learns no bargain comes without a price.

Ethic VI

September 11, 2019
Ashley Antoinette, 1985- author.
Utica, MI : Ashley Antoinette Inc., [2019]
410 pages ; 22 cm
"Ethic is fighting for love. Alani is everything he has ever wanted in a woman, but with tragedy haunting them it is a constant struggle to stay on the same team. Everything between them is an uphill battle and Ethic is willing to do anything to atone for his sins. Alani isn't as perfect as she seems. When he discovers her hidden truths his world is thrown into chaos. With Messiah missing in action and Morgan running from the ghosts that love has left behind, Ethic's family has never been more fragile. There are missing pieces and he wonders if there will ever be a time when everyone he loves can pull a seat up to his table. With deception and treachery lurking, the Okafor Family may never find the happy ending they've been praying for. In this farewell book, Ashley Antoinette puts this beautiful character to rest. Walk with her as Ethic battles for his life and the safety of his legacy one final time"--Back cover.

More to life

August 21, 2019
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
260 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Freshly forty-five, Aja James knows that her life is good, complete with a loving, wealthy husband, well-adjusted children, and a beautiful home. Yet the truth is, she feels painfully unfulfilled, stuck in the present, haunted by a painful past. When a friend suggests a girls' trip to a tropical paradise, Aja hopes a change of scene will also change her perspective. On vacation, filled with fun and freedom, Aja is relieved to find her spirits lifting. But her good time also shines a light on what's troubling her: from her siblings to her husband and kids, she's spent nearly her whole life taking care of everyone—except herself. She's lost her spark. She's lost her identity. Desperate to turn things around, Aja makes an impulsive decision—one that outrages her family and stuns her friends. But it may also be her wisest choice. Because it's only through learning what she could lose—and what's truly worth keeping—that Aja can transform this temporary fix into real, lasting happiness."--Back cover.

Making a play : a Field party novel

August 19, 2019
Glines, Abbi, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
313 pages ; 22 cm.
In the small town of Lawton, Alabama, high school senior Ryker, a player on and off the football field, falls in love with a deaf girl who lives with her overprotective twin brother and bigoted father.

When you've been blessed : (feels like heaven)

August 19, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, 1973-
214 pages ; 23 cm
"A gospel singer's world is ripped apart by an unexpected revelation, leaving her wondering if anything is really as it seems, and sending her on a journey towards healing and an unlikely love."--Amazon website.


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